Backup in XP

  Nero6 20:20 01 Apr 2005

In the May issue (delivered in March) of PC Advisor there is a feature entitled Better backups.
The writer recommends a two-part approach to system backup.
First create an image file of your boot drive and then protect your data regularly using traditional backup.
Can someone please explain why it is necessary to use a backup as well as creating an image.

  woodchip 20:27 01 Apr 2005

Image will get the computer back up and running unless there is a hardware problem. a backup is just that! of your updated personal files not the entire system

  Paranoid Android 20:32 01 Apr 2005

The idea is that a full immage takes some time to create, and most users will not want to spend that amount of time every day. Daily backups of data files only are much quicker, especially if you use an incremental system.

Personally I take an image every friday to removable HDD using Acronis - this serves as a disaster recovery tool (it can be booted from CD) but also allows me to recover individual files or folders in an Explorer-like view. My system is not mission-critical enough to warrant daily backups.


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